A brief overview of the Civil Society Conference Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society held on 27–29 November in Vilnius, Lithuania:



Civil Society Conference Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society to be organized on 27–29 November in Vilnius, Lithuania, is an official event by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take place on the eve of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit.

The event will bring together civil society leaders from the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union, key experts from regional and transatlantic non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, international aid agencies and political foundations, as well as distinguished political figures and public activists.The participants of the conference will focus on the main challenges faced by the civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and the ways of supporting it through increasing its operational capacity and enhancing the civil society’s participation in the decision making processes.

Participants of the conference will also discuss the Eastern Partnership strategy beyond Vilnius, and the role of the civil society in supporting the implementation of the future Association Agreements, including DCFTAs, that are expected to be finalized in Vilnius.

Organized by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, the conference is held in cooperation with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and with a kind support of the European Commission, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and National Endowment for Democracy.


Welcoming greetings by the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Linas Linkevičius and Ms. Kristina Vaičiūnaitė, EESC Director:

 

 

Participation is by invitation only.

For more information please contact the EESC at EaPVilnius2013@eesc.lt or by phone +370 5 270 5993

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVbXvbL8muE

 

PROGRAMME

The Conference will be held at the Merchants Club, 35 Gedimino Ave., Vilnius

27 November, Wednesday

All day Arrival and Accommodation

19.00 – 21.00

Welcome Reception hosted by Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius (for all registered participants)
Venue: Vilnius City Hall, Didžioji str. 31. 

The Conference participants will be invited to enjoy a performance by Vilnius University Song and Dance ensemble led by  the artistic director Eugenijus Ciplys. The ensemble has been the highlight of Lithuanian folklore for more than 70 years.  The laureate at many international musical competitions, the ensemble is essential to the World Lithuanian Song and Dance festival as well as the international Student Festival Gaudeamus.

The ensemble plays traditional Lithuanian instruments like kankles, folk harps, birbyne, which is a type of folk wind instrument and many others.

21.00 – 23.00 On the Eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit: A Mission Accomplished, Mounting Tasks Ahead?
Private off-the-record late evening session for distinguished Conference guests. Upon individual invitations only.
 

28 November, Thursday

08.45 – 09.45 Registration & Morning Coffee
09.45 – 10.30

OPENING AND WELCOME ADDRESSES

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania
Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood
Pat Cox, 21st President of the European Parliament
Kristina Vaičiūnaitė, Director, EESC, Lithuania

10.30 – 12.00

STATE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: FROM INDIVIDUAL TO PUBLIC INTEREST

Free and fair elections, government accountability, democratic and effective institutions, and a vibrant civil society are the attributes of sustainable and successful democratic societies. Since their independence, each of the countries have had their ups and downs  facing individual challenges on democratic development, therein proving that the road to democracy is a bumpy one.  But how are the important features of democracy, such as pluralism, political awareness, participation and accountability, actually doing in the region? What lessons learnt from the individual countries could potentially be applied to the region as whole? What is the contribution of the government, businesses, and civil society into these developments?  How is the EaP policy contributing to this process?

Moderator: Leonidas Donskis, Member of European Parliament, Lithuania

Panellists:
Andrius Kubilius, Leader of the Opposition of the Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania
Bruce Jackson, President, Project on Transitional Democracies, USA
Nadia M. Diuk, Vice President, Programs – Africa, Central Europe, NED, USA
Petr Mareš, Ambassador-at-Large on Eastern Partnership, Czech Republic
István Gyarmati,
 Ambassador, President, ICDT, Hungary
Ghia Nodia, Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies, Ilia State University, Georgia
Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, Institute of World politics, Ukraine

12.00 – 12.30  Coffee Break

TAKING STOCK OF THE EAP: LESSONS LEARNED AND THE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION

Two panels will be focusing on taking stock of the Eastern Partnership policy from Warsaw to Vilnius as well as beyond Vilnius. The Key guiding questions are as follows: is there more EU in Eastern Europe? What are the achievements of the EaP Initiative? What are the shortcomings? Are European standards and values in the region on the rise? How do partner countries see their own interest and ambitions vis-à-vis the EaP? For the time being, is integration without membership sufficient for the partner countries? What is the public sentiment towards Europe? How do EU member states see the EaP? What is behind Russia`s zero sum position? How can we embark on the current state of affairs and move with the policy from Vilnius to Riga and beyond? What to expect from the Association Agreements in real terms?

12.30 – 14.00

EASTERN PARTNERSHIP POLICY: FROM WARSAW TO VILNIUS   

Moderator: Arkady Moshes,   Director of the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia Research Programme, FIIA, Finland

Panellists:
Radosław Sikorski,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Michael Köhler, Director for the Neighbourhood, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy, CER, UK
Cornelius Ochmann, Director and Board Member, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Germany
Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, UK
Victor Chirila, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Association, Moldova

14.00 – 15.00

Lunch

15.00 – 16.30

FROM VILNIUS TO RIGA: VISION AND ACTION

Moderator: Andris Sprūds, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia

Panellists:
Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova
Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
Vladimir Socor, Political Analyst, Jamestown Foundation, USA
Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Centre, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia
Wojciech Konończuk, Head of the Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, CES, Poland
Hrant Kostanyan, Associate Research Fellow, CEPS, Belgium

16.30 - 17.00

Coffee Break

EMPOWERING NON-GOVERNMENTAL POLICY MAKERS IN EASTERN EUROPE

Active and vibrant civil society plays a prominent role in the development of sustainable democracy. It contributes to the creation of pluralism, greater political awareness, participation and accountability. Civil society groups in the Eastern Partnership countries are considered the main drivers of reform, but in a number of countries they are under pressure, being considered as foreign agents. In some they  play a partisan role, whilst in others they are expected to do the government’s job. In the West civil society’s role is considered essential however; the region-wide characteristic among local people in the EaP countries is to question the legitimacy of civil society groups lacking understanding and awareness of their role. What needs to be done for different civil society groups not only to become influential opinion leaders in their societies, but also stepping stones for reform and sustainable development? Panellists will also discuss what political role civil society can play and whether they can, and if so, how to increase the political weight of civil society in EaP countries as well as outline the future civic vision and action.

17.00 – 18.30

ROLE AND STATE OF CIVIL SOCIETY: GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

Moderator: Boris Navasardian, President, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia

Panellists:
Krzysztof Bobiński, Coordinator of Election monitoring sub-group, Steering Committee, Civil Society Forum
Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator, CEE Bankwatch Network, Georgia
Yaryna Borenko, Programme Director, European Dialogue, Ukraine
Ulad Vialichka, Chairperson, EuroBelarus, Belarus
Leyla Aliyeva, Chairwoman, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan
Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, Chairperson of the Coordinating Council, Mama-86, Ukraine

20.00 – 23.00

Culture Club – Eastern Partnership goes Music!

Gala Dinner with an Exclusive Concert of the Folk-Jazz Band composed of the artists from the EaP countries exceptionally on the occasion of the Conference, and Belarusian folk group RECHA (Tamsta Club, 11A Subačiaus Str., Vilnius).
 

29 November, Friday
08.00 – 09.00 Registration & Morning Coffee
 

ASSISTANCE AMIDST DEMOCRATIC BACKLASH:  WHAT ROLE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY?

Authoritarian tendencies and pressure on civil society has become a reality in many countries in the past few years. The Eastern Partnership region comprises of democratic countries, hybrid regimes and consolidated autocracies. Exactly what makes the region more than worthwhile to look at as a case study of how to address democratic backlash. At the same time the Arab Spring and its dramatic aftermath has, once again, made democracy assistance a buzzword used by governments and institutions around the world. The European Union has also started to devote greater attention and resources to such assistance.  Given there are two decades of experience with civil society development in the Eastern Partnership the two panels, featuring distinguished representatives of the international donor community, practitioners as well as researchers, will analyse these new tendencies, discuss what to expect further and look for answers as to what might work. The first session of the panel will deal with new restrictions against civil society in the region as the democracy-autocracy mix becomes firmly embedded and regimes' more astute in the tactics they use. The second session will focus on the donor community work and its future potential.

09.00 – 10.30

HYBRID REGIMES AND NEW CHALLENGES FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

Moderator:  Richard Youngs, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment, Belgium

Panellists:
Marie Mendras,
 Research fellow with the CNRS and CERI, Professor at Sciences Po University, France
Mikhail Minakov, President, Foundation for Good Politics, Ukraine
Elena Korosteleva, Director, Global Europe Centre, Professor at the University of Kent, UK
Orysia Lutsevich, Non-resident Fellow, Chatham House, UK 
Dzianis Melyantsou, Senior Analyst, BISS, Belarus
Kateryna Pishchikova, Visiting Scholar, CIES, USA
Vera Rihackova, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM, Czech Republic

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30

IMPLICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL DEMOCRACY SUPPORT

Moderator: Rodger Potocki, Senior Director for Europe, NED, USA

Panellists:
David Anderson,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, EED, Belgium
Karla Wursterova, Executive Director, Visegrad Fund, Slovakia
Mirja Peterson, Head of the Eastern Europe Unit, SIDA, Sweden
Balázs Jarábik, Senior Fellow, CEPI and FRIDE, Project Director, Pact, Slovakia
Luis Navarro, Senior Country Representative in Georgia, NDI, USA
Jeff Lovitt, Executive Director, PASOS, Czech Republic 

12.30 - 12.40

Closing of the Conference

Kristina Vaičiūnaitė, Director, EESC, Lithuania

12.40 – 13.30 Lunch
 
PARALLEL SIDE-EVENTS

29 November, Friday
13.00 - 14.45

UKRAINE AS EU's (NON)ASSOCIATED COUNTRY: POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES
Venue: Merchants Club, 35 Gedimino Ave., Vilnius

Ukraine after (non)signing of the Association agreement: future scenarios. Why Ukraine was pushed into ‘zero-sum’ game? Ukraine – Russia relations after (non)signing of the Association agreement: what is the Kremlin's strategy towards Ukraine? Ukraine and Eurasian Customs Union: how attractive for the Ukrainian business community is the Eurasian integration under the leadership of Russia? Ukraine and the up-coming presidential elections: strategies and challenges. The role of the Ukrainian democratic opposition after (non)signing the Association agreement: new challenges ahead?
 
Moderator: Audronius Ažubalis, Deputy Chair, Committee of Foreign Affairs,  Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
 
Panellists:
Vitali Klitschko,
Leader of UDAR, Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Leader of the Parliamentary Faction of "Batkivshchyna", Ukraine
Oleh Tyahnybok, Leader of Poltical Party "Svoboda", Ukraine (tbc)
Petro Poroshenko, Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
Eugene Czolij, President of the Ukrainian World Congress

13.30 – 15.30

HUMAN RIGHTS IN BELARUS AND EASTERN PARTNERSHIP
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 16 Gedimino Ave., Vilnius

Belarus's full-scale participation in the Eastern Partnership is hampered by the existence of political prisoners, lack of democratic reforms and lack of willingness to bring itself closer to shared universal values. Belarusian authorities lobby for a more pragmatic approach for the Eastern Partnership, focusing on economy rather than values and human rights, an approach causing concern among human rights defenders. EaP and the specifically designed European Dialogue on Modernization are slowly making some tractions in the Belarusian society, but have become effective instruments to steer authorities toward democratization and increased respect for human rights.

The side event will focus on the current human rights situation in the country, present results of a recent public opinion poll on what Belarusians think and know about human rights, spark discussion about how to improve acceptance and influence for human rights agenda in the country and offer insights on human rights defenders' expectations from the Eastern Partnership policy after the Vilnius Summit.

Moderator: Maria Sadovskaya-Komlach, Senior Project Coordinator, European Radio for Belarus, Poland

Aleh Hulak, Chairman, Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Belarus
Tatsiana Reviaka, President, The Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House and Human Rights Centre Viasna, Belarus

Belarus’ finest civic activists are inviting to the Bў-ROOM for an informal gathering, and important round table discussions on 28, 29 November 2013 at Novotel Hotel, 16 Gedimino Ave., Vilnius.

Meet Belarus' leading national and regional civil society activists.

See Belarus Press Photos exhibition; Belarusian films and other in-country work.

Participate in presentations and programs about key sectors: culture, education, environment, grassroots activism, gender, human rights, and
research.

For more information, please see

 14.30-16.30

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY AT LOCAL LEVEL: OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, 20 Konstitucijos Ave., Vilnius

You are kindly invited to an engaging discussion amongst an experienced and prominent  group of panellists, organised by EPAN and in cooperation with ALDA.  How to build effective relationships between Civil Society Organisations and Local & Regional Authorities?  Sharing best practices and recommending successful pilot activities to enhance the LRA & CSO cooperation in Eastern partnership countries.

Moderator: Valery Pandzharov, Chair of Enlargement Pre-Accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN) Working Group of CONCORD

Panellists:
Mamuka Abuladze,
Co-Chair of the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership – CORLEAP, Georgia
Andris Gobins, Member of European Economic and Social Committee – EESC, Latvia
Antonella Valmorbida, Director, Association of Local Democracy Agencies - ALDA, Italy
Peter Kuznetsoff,
Director, Establishment "Center of Regional Development" - Homel Democracy Forum, Belarus 
Misha Mindadze, President and Founder, SSK Georgia
, Georgia
Audronė Vareikytė, Adviser on Social Issues, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, Lithuania 

15.00-16.30

GEORGIA AND THE EU AFTER VILNIUS: STRATEGIES, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

Venue: Merchants Club, 35 Gedimino Ave., Vilnius

The Presidential election held in Georgia on the 27thof October was, as all observers agree, remarkably calm and transparent. Is this the sign of a profound and irrevocable democratic transformation, or a unique and passing achievement? What path and strategy will the new President and Government choose in terms of European integration? Can integration into the EU facilitate the reintegration of the occupied territories back into Georgia? Will the European integration process help to guarantee human rights and to consolidate democratic achievements in Georgia? What instruments should the EU develop in order to aid Georgia in its democratic progress and European integration?

Moderator: Mantas Adomėnas, Member of Parliament of Lithuania

Panellists:
Alex Petriashvili, State Minister for EU and EuroAtlanitc Integration, Georgia
Khatuna Salukvadze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia in Lithuania
Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of Parliament, Georgia
Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili, President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies, Georgia


FOR PARTICIPANTS

EaP Analysis:

Eastern Partnership after Vilnius: A Mission Accomplished, Mounting Tasks Ahead. Dr Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Vytautas Keršanskas, Kristina Vaičiūnaitė with Balázs Jarábik. EESC Analytical Study, 2013 EN

The Future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership – Challenges and Opportunities for Lithuania’s Foreign Policy. Dr Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Dovilė Šukytė. EESC, The Eastern Pulse No 3(48) EN

 

Useful information:

Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union - official website

Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service - weather forecast

Vilnius Tourism - about Vilnius

 

 

Civil Society Conference Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society, 27–29 November in Vilnius, Lithuania

 

OPENING AND WELCOME ADDRESSES

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania
Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood
Pat Cox, 21st President of the European Parliament
Deborah A. McCarty, U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania
Kristina Vaičiūnaitė, Director, EESC, Lithuania


 


STATE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: FROM INDIVIDUAL TO PUBLIC INTEREST



Moderator:
Leonidas Donskis, Member of European Parliament, Lithuania

Panellists:
Andrius Kubilius, Leader of the Opposition of the Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania
Bruce Jackson, President, Project on Transitional Democracies, USA
Nadia M. Diuk, Vice President, Programs – Africa, Central Europe, NED, USA
Petr Mareš, Ambassador-at-Large on Eastern Partnership, Czech Republic
István Gyarmati,
 Ambassador, President, ICDT, Hungary
Ghia Nodia, Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies, Ilia State University, Georgia
Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, Institute of World politics, Ukraine

 


EASTERN PARTNERSHIP POLICY: FROM WARSAW TO VILNIUS  


Moderator: Arkady Moshes,   Director of the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia Research Programme, FIIA, Finland

Panellists:
Radosław Sikorski,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Michael Köhler, Director for the Neighbourhood, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy, CER, UK
Cornelius Ochmann, Director and Board Member, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Germany
Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, UK
Victor Chirila, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Association, Moldova

 


FROM VILNIUS TO RIGA: VISION AND ACTION


Moderator: Andris Sprūds, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia

Panellists:
Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova
Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
Vladimir Socor, Political Analyst, Jamestown Foundation, USA
Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Centre, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia
Wojciech Konończuk, Head of the Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, CES, Poland
Hrant Kostanyan, Associate Research Fellow, CEPS, Belgium

 


ROLE AND STATE OF CIVIL SOCIETY: GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?


Moderator: Boris Navasardian, President, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia

Panellists:
Krzysztof Bobiński, Coordinator of Election monitoring sub-group, Steering Committee, Civil Society Forum
Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator, CEE Bankwatch Network, Georgia
Yaryna Borenko, Programme Director, European Dialogue, Ukraine
Ulad Vialichka, Chairperson, EuroBelarus, Belarus
Leyla Aliyeva, Chairwoman, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan
Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, Chairperson of the Coordinating Council, Mama-86, Ukraine

 

 

HYBRID REGIMES AND NEW CHALLENGES FOR CIVIL SOCIETY


Moderator:  Richard Youngs, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment, Belgium

Panellists:
Marie Mendras,
 Research fellow with the CNRS and CERI, Professor at Sciences Po University, France
Mikhail Minakov, President, Foundation for Good Politics, Ukraine
Elena Korosteleva, Director, Global Europe Centre, Professor at the University of Kent, UK
Orysia Lutsevich, Non-resident Fellow, Chatham House, UK 
Dzianis Melyantsou, Senior Analyst, BISS, Belarus
Kateryna Pishchikova, Visiting Scholar, CIES, USA
Vera Rihackova, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM, Czech Republic

 


IMPLICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL DEMOCRACY SUPPORT


Moderator: Rodger Potocki, Senior Director for Europe, NED, USA

Panellists:
David Anderson,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, EED, Belgium
Karla Wursterova, Executive Director, Visegrad Fund, Slovakia
Mirja Peterson, Head of the Eastern Europe Unit, SIDA, Sweden
Balázs Jarábik, Senior Fellow, CEPI and FRIDE, Project Director, Pact, Slovakia
Luis Navarro, Senior Country Representative in Georgia, NDI, USA
Jeff Lovitt, Executive Director, PASOS, Czech Republic

 


SIDE EVENTS

 

UKRAINE AS EU's (NON)ASSOCIATED COUNTRY: POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES


 
Moderator: Audronius Ažubalis, Deputy Chair, Committee of Foreign Affairs,  Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
 
Panellists:
Vitali Klitschko,
Leader of UDAR, Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Leader of the Parliamentary Faction of "Batkivshchyna", Ukraine
Oleh Tyahnybok, Leader of Poltical Party "Svoboda", Ukraine (tbc)
Petro Poroshenko, Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
Eugene Czolij, President of the Ukrainian World Congress

 


GEORGIA AND THE EU AFTER VILNIUS: STRATEGIES, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

Moderator: Mantas Adomėnas, Member of Parliament of Lithuania

Panellists:
Alex Petriashvili, State Minister for EU and EuroAtlanitc Integration, Georgia
Khatuna Salukvadze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia in Lithuania
Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of Parliament, Georgia
Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili, President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies, Georgia

 



DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

 

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė holds the academic qualification of Doctor of Social Sciences. She has held many prominent posts in the Lithuanian government both before and after Lithuania regained its independence.  

She was the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington from 1996 - 1999.  Then, Dalia Grybauskaite served as Vice Finance Minister from 1999 to 2000, Vice Foreign Minister from 2000 to 2001, and Finance Minister from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004 Dalia Grybauskaitė was appointed EU commissioner responsible for financial programming and budget. In November 2005 she was elected Commissioner of the Year for her efforts to reform the EU budget. Dalia Grybauskaitė has been the president of Lithuania since July 12, 2009.

   

LINAS LINKEVIČIUS, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Ambassador Linkevičius served as the Lithuanian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2005 until 2011. Prior to this he was elected as a Member of Seimas (Parliament) from 1992 until 1996. In 1993 he was promoted to Minister of National Defence of Lithuania, a post which he held from 1993-1996. He was then appointed as the Ambassador and the Head of the Lithuanian Mission to NATO and the WEU. From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Linkevičius was appointed again as Minister of National Defence of Lithuania. From 2004 to 2005, he was the Ambassador for Special Missions at the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Linas Linkevičius was appointed Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on 13 December 2012.

 

ŠTEFAN FÜLE, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy

In 1990 Štefan Füle was appointed the First Secretary of the Permanent Representation of then Czechoslovak Federative Republic to the UN in New York for five years. From 1995 to 1996 Štefan Füle was the Director of the UN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Between the years 1996 and 1998 he was the Director of the Department of Defence Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

In 1998 he was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Lithuania for three years. After serving as the First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2002, Füle was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for two years. From 2005 to 2009 he served as the Ambassador and Head of the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to NATO. On 8th May 2009 Štefan Füle was appointed the Minister for the European Affairs of the Czech Republic. Since February 2010 he has been Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.

 

PAT COX, 21st President of the European Parliament

Pat Cox was President of the European Parliament until Mid 2004. Between 1982 and 1986 he worked as a television current affairs reporter, presenter and investigative journalist on the TV programme Today Tonight. He reported on Irish and international economic issues including US Presidential elections, the United Kingdom and French general elections. He has been an MEP since 1989, representing the constituency of Munster in the Republic of Ireland.

In 1998 he was first elected President of the European Liberal Democrat Group and was re-elected in June 1999. On 20 May 2004 he was awarded the Karlspreis for his achievements with regard to the enlargement of the European Union and for his work in promoting greater EU democratisation. Pat Cox was elected as the new president of the European Movement International and served from 2005 till 2013.

Since June 2012 Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwaśniewski have been leading the European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine.

 

RADOSŁAW SIKORSKI, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Sikorski headed the students’ strike committee during the unrest in Bydgoszcz in March 1981. He was granted political asylum in Great Britain in 1982-89. In 1998-2001 he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honorary Chairman of the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East.

From 2002 to 2005, he was resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. In 2012 Sikorski was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by the Foreign Policy magazine. Radosław Sikorski was elected senator for Bydgoszcz in 2005 and served as Minister of National Defence in 2005-2007. In 2007, he was elected to the Lower House of the Polish Parliament (the Sejm). He became Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland on 16 November 2007.

 

CARL BILDT, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Carl Bildt was elected to parliament in 1979 as a member of the conservative Moderate party, serving there until 2001. Party leader from 1986 to 1999, he became Prime Minister in 1991, at the head of a center-right coalition government. His tenure (1991-1994) was marked by pro-free-market policies and other reforms aimed at improving Sweden's competitiveness and liberalizing its economy and by the modernization of Sweden's welfare system.

Carl Bildt was a key figure in the negotiations that led to Sweden's joining (1995) the European Union (EU). He also served as co-chair of the Dayton peace talks in the mid-1990s. Following his Co-Chairmanship of the Dayton peace talks, he served as the international community’s High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, monitoring from Sarajevo the implementation of the peace agreement and coordinating its civilian aspects. In 2006 he returned to Sweden's government as Prime Minister's Fredrik Reinfeldt's foreign minister.

 

NATALIA GHERMAN, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova

Natalia Gherman is a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration since May 2013. She previously worked as Second and First Secretary, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Department in Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova. Gherman was also Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Belgium and Deputy Head of the Mission of Moldova to NATO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to the Republic of Austria, Permanent Representative to the OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Finland. Before current position she worked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

 

MAIA PANJIKIDZE, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

Before becoming Foreign Minister, Dr Panjikidze was an active member of the "Georgian Dream" political coalition. In February 2012, she became the coalition's Spokesperson and the Head of its Central Office. Before entering national politics, Dr Panjikidze had an extensive diplomatic career, serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2007) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2007-2010). As a career diplomat, she rose through the ranks of Georgia's Foreign Service, occupying various high-level positions at the Foreign Ministry, starting as First Secretary in 1994 and becoming Deputy Minister in 2004. Besides her work in government, Dr Panjikidze had actively pursued an academic career: a professor and lecturer of philology since 1988, she later became a full professor at the Guram Tavartkiladze University, where she taught in 2010 and 2011. She has founded and chaired Georgia's Union of German Language Teachers and has published several works on the German language and German literature.

   

 

SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHIES

 

LEYLA ALIYEVA, Chairwoman, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan

Leila Alieva is a founder and head of the “think tank” Centre for National and International Studies (2004). She has held numerous research fellowships at leading universities in the USA and Europe. She advised the President of EBRD, leading oil companies and consortia and from 2009 to 2012 was a member of editorial board of “Connections”, quarterly journal of the NATO PFP consortium. Her research has been widely published. She has edited 6 books the most recent one “The Soviet Legacy 22 years On: Reversed or Reinforced?” (CNIS, 2013). In 2013 was elected a coordinator of the CSF  WG1 Human Rights and Democracy.

 

DAVID ANDERSON, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

David Anderson is the Member of Canadian Parliament and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (September 2013). He was first elected to Parliament in 2000 and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food for the Canadian Wheat Board in January 2006. The Prime Minister extended his portfolio on October 10, 2007, naming him Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resource. He was re-elected 2008 and retained both portfolios. David Anderson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters of Divinity from the Canadian Theological Seminary.

 

KRZYSZTOF BOBIŃSKI, Coordinator of Election monitoring sub-group, Steering Committee, Civil Society Forum

For the past two years Mr Krzysztof Bobiński has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership. He also heads the Unia & Polska Foundation, a small pro European NGO based in Warsaw. He is a former journalist with more than twenty hears experience as a Warsaw correspondent of the Financial Times (1976-2000). He occasionally contributes to open Democracy and to the European Voice.

 

IAN BOND, Director of Foreign Policy, CER, UK

Ian Bond is the Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform. Before joining the Centre in 2013, he had worked in the British diplomatic service for 28 years. His main areas of expertise are Russia and the former Soviet Union, European foreign policy, Europe/Asia relations and US foreign policy.

 

YARYNA BORENKO, Programme Director, European Dialogue, Ukraine

Yaryna Borenko, expert in educational and youth policy, human rights and democratic citizenship education and community development. She was programme Director in European Dialogue Society (2003-2012) and educational project coordinator at Educational Initiatives Centre (2008-2012). Since 2005 her NGO networking activities focused on promoting European Integration of Ukraine and cross-border cooperation. In 2013 she became the coordinator of WG 4 (contacts between people) of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. She is also a consultant on social issues of Ukrainian Social Investment Fund. She holds a PhD in Political Science.

 

VICTOR CHIRILA, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Association, Moldova

Victor Chirila is the Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Association. He is an expert on Moldovan politics, European integration and foreign policy issues. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Chirila served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. He has held different positions including Deputy Director of the European Integration Department, Chief of Staff of the Foreign Minister, Political Counsellor at the Moldovan Embassy in the United States, Deputy Director of the Europe and North America Department and the International Economic Relations Department.

 

NADIA M. DIUK, Vice President, Programs – Africa, Central Europe, NED, USA

Nadia Diuk serves as Vice President, Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Before, she supervised NED programs in Europe and Eurasia where she worked on programs and strategies for the underground democratic movements before 1989, through to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and beyond. Dr. Diuk  has also taught Soviet Politics and Russian History; was a research associate at the Society for Central Asian Studies, United Kingdom; and editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Dr. Diuk is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

 

LEONIDAS DONSKIS, Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania

Leonidas Donskis is a Member of the European Parliament (EP). He is a Member of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights. He participates in the activities of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and in the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. In 2012 Mr Donskis was appointed as EP Rapporteur for the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2011 and the European Union's policy on the matter. He also acts as a visiting Professor of politics at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Mr Donskis holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.

  

ALEXANDER DULEBA, Director of the Research Centre, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia

Alexander Duleba is the Director of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA). He holds a PhD degree in political science and the Associate Professor (Doc.) degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava. From 1993 until 1995 he was an analyst with the Slovak Institute for International Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Since September 1995 he started to work as a research fellow for the RC SFPA; in May 2000 he became its Director and simultaneously the Head of the Centere's Eastern Europe research programme. Since May 2010 he  also became the lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of the Presov University.

 

ALYONA GETMANCHUK, Director, Institute of the World Politics, Ukraine

Alyona Getmanchuk, director of the Institute of World Policy, is an experienced journalist, media and NGO manager, and foreign policy analyst. She has worked at Glavred as the editor-in-chief for four years.  Prior journalistic experience includes six years as international policy observer, international correspondent, screenwriter and editor.  She has also served as an expert in the EU project for informing the public regarding EU institutions. 

 

ANNA GOLUBOVSKA-ONISIMOVA, Chairperson of the Coordinating Council, Mama-86, Ukraine

Anna Golubovska-Onisimova is a co-founder (1990) and currently the Chair of the Coordination Board of the Ukrainian National Environmental NGO “MAMA-86”, which works for establishing the environmental and social preconditions for Ukraine’s transition to sustainable development.  Anna was elected twice as the EaP co-ordinator of the EaP CSF WG3 (Environment, energy and climate change). She coordinated the preparation of the Environment and Sustainable Development chapter for the EaP European Integration Index in 2011 – 2013, as well as the EaP CSF expert’s assessments of the Environmental Governance in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in 2011 and 2013.

 

ISTVÁN GYARMATI, Ambassador, President, ICDT, Hungary

István Gyarmati is the President of Centre for Democracy Public Foundation since 2011. After his Ph.D. in Military Science, he worked at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defense University and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Hungary to the IAEA from 1981 to 1986. He was also Deputy Secretary of State for Integration at the Ministry of Defense in 1996, then Undersecretary for Policy in 1998. He held top leadership positions at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon, the EastWest Institute, and the OSCE/ODIHR Election Monitoring Mission in Moldova. He was President and CEO of the ICDT between 2005 and 2011.

 

BRUCE JACKSON, President, Project on Transitional Democracies, USA

Bruce Jackson is the founder and President of the Project on Transitional Democracies. From 1986 to 1990, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in a variety of policy positions. In 1990, Mr. Jackson joined Lehman Brothers, an investment bank in New York, where he was a strategist in the firm's proprietary trading operations. Between 1993 and 2002, Mr. Jackson was Vice President for Strategy and Planning at Lockheed Martin Corporation. In 2004, Mr. Jackson became a member of the International Commission on the Balkans and the Board of Directors of the "We Remember" Foundation. He has written extensively about the engagement of Russia and Eastern European democracies by the European Union and the United States, on the new geo-economics of Eastern Europe.

 

BALÁZS JARÁBIK, Senior Fellow, CEPI and FRIDE, Project Director, Pact, Slovakia

Balázs Jarábik is an international development executive and a political analyst. He was one of the key people in building up Pact`s presence in Eastern Europe as one of the largest international NGOs in the region during his six-year tenure in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is an associate fellow at FRIDE from 2006 and recently joined the Central European Policy Institute as senior fellow.  Previously Mr Jarábik worked as an advisor for political parties and civil societies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe; with the Slovak parliament and the ministry of foreign affairs, and international institutions such as the European Parliament, Freedom House, CoE, UNDP and the OSCE.

 

MANANA KOCHLADZE, Regional Coordinator, CEE Bankwatch Network, Georgia

Manana Kochladze is a campaigner at CEE Bankwatch Network, an NGO that monitors International Financial Institutions active in Central and Eastern Europe since 1998. As the founder of the Tbilisi-based environmental group Green Alternative, Manana is the group's chairwoman. In 2011 she was elected as EaP Civil Society Forum Steering Committee member. The main focus of her work is International financial Institutions Safeguard policies and mechanisms, EU neighbourhood policy, Energy and Environment policy and management.  

 

MICHAEL KÖHLER, Director for the Neighbourhood, DG DEVCO, European Commission

Dr Michael Köhler began his professional career as Representative and project manager of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Morocco and Tunisia and as an official in the Policy Planning Department of the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development. He joined the European Commission in 1994. He then became Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Joe Borg. Following this post he was appointed Head of Unit in DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Cabinet to Commissioner J.Borg and in 2010-2013 he was Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger responsible for Energy. Since March 2013 he is Director for EU Neighbourhood Policy, responsible for cooperation with Mediterranean Arab countries and Israel, Eastern Partnership countries and the South Caucasus, and Russia. In addition to his professional career, Dr. Köhler has actively pursued postgraduate research and teaching. 

 

WOJCIECH KONOŃCZUK, Head of the Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, CES, Poland

Wojciech Konończuk is an Analyst at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw, where he is Head of the Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. His professional interests include political and economic situation in Eastern Europe, energy policy and Russian energy sector. Prior to OSW, Mr Kononczuk was an analyst and co-ordinator of Belarusian and Ukrainian projects at the Stefan Batory Foundation. 

 

ELENA A. KOROSTELEVA, Director, Global Europe Centre, Professor at the University of Kent, UK

Elena A. Korosteleva is  the Director (Professional Studies) and Jean Monnet Chair at the Global Europe Centre. Elena is also a Visiting Professor at the Belarusian State University, a former research fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). Professor Korosteleva works closely with the FCO, ESRC, European Commission and national governments of the EaP region. Her main research interests include democracy promotion, EU foreign policies and EU relations with the neighbourhood.

 

HRANT KOSTANYAN, Associate Research Fellow, CEPS, Belgium

Hrant Kostanyan is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) EU Foreign Policy unit and a Research Fellow at the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) at Ghent University, Belgium. Prior to CEPS Kostanyan worked as an expert on a European Commission project on the EU’s relations with Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries at the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, Brussels. His research focuses on EU foreign policy institutions and decision-making, primarily on the European External Action Service, the European Neighbourhood Policy  and the EU’s relations with Eastern Neighbours and Russia.

 

ANDRIUS KUBILIUS, Leader of the Opposition of the Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania

Andrius Kubilius is a Member of Parliament of Lithuania, Leader of the Opposition, Member of the Board of the Parliament and Chairman of Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats Party. He is also member of the Committee on Economics, Committee on European Affairs and Energy Commission. In late 1980's, Andrius Kubilius was participant in the activities of the Lithuanian Reform Movement Sąjūdis.

He was elected as a member of Parliament six times since 1992. Kubilius has served twice (1999-2000 and 2008-2012) as the Prime Minister of Lithuania. In 2012, Kubilius was awarded World Leader Cycle Award by the Economic Faculty Association Rotterdam. 

 

JEFF LOVITT, Executive Director, PASOS, Czech Republic

Jeff Lovitt is the Executive Director of Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS). From 1987-1995, he was an editor and journalist in London for The European, the Sunday Times, New Statesman and Tribune. From 1995-1998, he was Central Europe correspondent for The European. He has been an op-ed contributor for the International Herald Tribune. From 2000-2005, he was Director of Communications of Transparency International. After launching the PASOS Secretariat in 2005, he has overseen the emergence of PASOS as one of the leading civil society networks in Europe and Central Asia. Jeff Lovitt is also an author and editor of a range of publications on EU policymaking and democracy assistance.

 

ORYSIA LUTSEVYCH, Non-resident Fellow, Chatham House, United Kingdom

Orysia Lutsevych is an innovative leader working on social change with 15 years of experience in the United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine and Georgia. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme. Author of a Chatham House briefing paper “How to Finish a Revolution: Civil Society and Democracy in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine”. She is currently consulting donors, international NGOs and foundations on program development and evaluation, citizen engagement and high-impact strategies. Contributor to Open Democracy, Gurt, Local First and other publications. 

   

PETR MAREŠ, Ambassador, Special Envoy for Eastern Partnership, Czech Republic

Mr. Mareš is a historian and political scientist. He was Director of the Institute of International Policy and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. In 1998 he entered the politics, became Member of the Parliament (1998-2002) and Deputy Prime Minister (2002-2004). In 2006 he joined the Foreign Service and was appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2006-2010). Since 2010, Mr. Mareš is the Czech Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership.  

 

DZIANIS MELYANTSOU, Senior Analyst, BISS, Belarus

Dzianis Melyantsou is a Senior Analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS) since 2007 and a co-founder of the Institute for Political Studies based in Minsk. Until 2009, Mr. Melyantsou lectured at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. His research interests include foreign policy of Belarus, Belarus-EU relations, European integration and international security.

 

MARIE MENDRAS, Research fellow with the CNRS and CERI, Professor at Sciences Po University, France

Dr Marie Mendras is a Research Fellow with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Centre for International Research and Study (CERI) at Sciences Po Paris, Professor at Sciences Po University, Paris, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, London. She is a political scientist in the field of Russian and post-Soviet studies. Mrs. Mendras studied elections in Russia, worked in French, OSCE-ODIHR missions as an observer, also worked as full-time professor in the London School of Economics and Political Science. In earlier years, she taught at Université Paris 1-Sorbonne, Université Paris 10 - Nanterre, Université de Louvain/Leuven, Ecole des Mines in Paris, and MGIMO in Moscow.

 

MYKHAILO MINAKOV, President, Foundation for Good Politics, Ukraine

Dr. Mykhailo Minakov is the President of the Foundation for Good Politics, Director of the Institute Krytyka, and the Head of the Kant Society in Ukraine. With Master’s and PhD degrees from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Dr. Minakov is the author of 3 books. Dr. Mykhailo Minakov taught and worked in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Harvard University and Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald. He successfully combined his academic career with analytical and program jobs at G. Soros Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, V. Pinchuk Foundation, and UNDP in Ukraine.

 

ARKADY MOSHES,  Director of the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia Research Programme, FIIA, Finland

Arkady Moshes is a Programme Director of the EU's Eastern Neigbourhood and Russia in Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He started his career as a Researcher at the Institute of Europe and later on worked as  Head of Section for European Security and Arms Control. Since  1998  he worked as Visiting Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. In 2002 he became Programme Director of Russia and EU Research Programme. Moshes is an expert on Russia-EU relations and Internal and foreign policy of Ukraine and Belarus.

 

LUIS NAVARRO, Senior Country Representative in Georgia, NDI, USA

Luis Navarro joined NDI with more than 23 years of experience in American politics. He has been a trainer and political director for national labor unions, a senior staffer and board member for national campaign committees, and a top aide to members of Congress. He has served as NDI country director in Georgia since 2009. He also oversees the Future Women Leaders Program, a parliamentary intern programme, election observation efforts, and survey research on the views of Georgian citizens. Prior to joining NDI, Mr. Navarro served as presidential campaign manager and last chief of staff for Sen. Joe Biden, as well as the national political director on the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry through the 2004 Iowa Caucus.

 

BORIS NAVASARDIAN, President, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia

Boris Navasardian is the President of the Yerevan Press Club. He is a well-known analyst of Armenian politics. Since 2000 he has been a co-president of the International Association of Journalists “South Caucasus”. He has published articles in various media periodicals of Armenia, Russia, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mongolia, “Komsomolets”, “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, “Zerkalo”, “Hayastani Hanrapetutiun”, “Respublika Armenia” newspapers. He is also Interim Chair of the Steering Committee, Civil Society Forum.

 

GHIA NODIA, Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies, Ilia State University, Georgia

Ghia Nodia is the Professor of politics and the Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies in Ilia Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also a founder of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), an independent public policy think tank in Tbilisi, Georgia, which he led from 1992 till 2008 and leads again since August 2009, after his tenure as Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. He has published extensively on two sets of topics: regional security, state-building and democratisation in the Caucasus, and theories of nationalism and democratic transition in the post-cold-War context. 

 

CORNELIUS OCHMANN, Director and Board Member, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Germany

Cornelius Ochmann is the Director and Member of the Board of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, expert on European politics, EU-Russia relations and Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus. He studied at the universities in Mainz and Wrocław and has done academic research in Moscow and Jerusalem (Hebrew University). Mr Ochmann has worked in the Bertelsmann Foundation in 1994-2013, where his duties included managing the International Bertelsmann Forum (IBF). Cornelius Ochmann advised Auswärtiges Amt and European institutions in matters concerning relations with countries of the Eastern Europe.

 

MIRJA PETERSON, Head of the Eastern Europe Unit, SIDA, Sweden

Mirja Peterson works for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, as Head of Eastern Europe and Russia. In the year 1999, Mirja Peterson was posted in Washington DC and worked first in the World Bank’s Nordic-Baltic Constituency Office and then in the Inter-American Development Bank as Alternate Executive. In 2001 - 2002 she worked in Ukraine as consultant for SIPU International, a Swedish consultancy and training organization. Until recently, Mirja Peterson worked in the Embassy of Sweden in Kiev as Counsellor and Head of Reform Cooperation in Ukraine. Before this posting, from 2003 she has been responsible for Sweden’s development cooperation with Ukraine.

 

KATERYNA PISHCHIKOVA, Visiting Scholar, CIES, USA

Kateryna Pishchikova is visiting scholar at Cornell Institute for European Studies. She is an expert on democratization and democracy promotion, especially in the European Neighbourhood. She was a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, she was Research Fellow at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. Pishchikova was visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2004. She earned her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where she also held teaching positions.

 

JERZY POMIANOWSKI, Executive Director, EED, Belgium

Jerzy Pomianowski is the Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy. He is a professional diplomat with a distinguished carrier serving as Polish Ambassador to Japan.  In the years 2008–2011, he worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a Director of the Partnership for Democratic Governance, an international initiative (OECD/UNDP) aimed at supporting public administrations in countries destabilized by armed conflict or natural disasters.

 

RODGER POTOCKI, Senior Director for Europe, NED, USA

Rodger Potocki is the Senior Director for Europe of the National Endowment for Democracy. Founded in 1983, this organization is a bipartisan not-for-profit foundation that supports the advance of democracy abroad through grants to nongovernmental organization worldwide.

 

VERA RIHACKOVA, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM, Czech Republic

Vera Rihackova is the EU coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. She has also worked as an in-house research fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. Having graduated from Charles University, Prague, she also studied political science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001-2002 and attended the Fulbright US State Department Programme at the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, San Diego in 2006. 

 

VLADIMIR SOCOR, Political Analyst, Jamestown Foundation, USA

Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1995 to date), where he writes analytical articles on a daily basis. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia, he covers Russian and Western policies, focusing on energy, regional security issues, Russian foreign affairs, secessionist conflicts, and NATO policies and programs. Mr. Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute (1983-1994). 

 

ANDRIS SPRŪDS, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia

Andris Sprūds is the Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He is also a professor at Riga Stradins University. Andris Spruds is a board member of the Latvian Transatlantic organization. His research interests focus on energy security and policy in the Baltic Sea region, the domestic and foreign policy of post-Soviet countries and transatlantic relations.

 

KRISTINA VAIČIŪNAITĖ, Director, Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Lithuania

Kristina Vaičiūnaitė is a Director of EESC since  the Centre's establishment in 2006. She has many years of experience working with the EU Eastern Partnership countries. For several years she has been leading the Lithuanian Election Observation Missions to Georgia. She has also been training international election observers and was Head of the Lithuanian Humanitarian Aid Mission to Georgia after the war with Russia in 2008. Kristina Vaičiūnaitė takes an active role in different training programs aimed to provide required skills to people in the EU Eastern Partnership countries and to promote democracy and human rights in the region.

 

ULAD VIALICHKA, Chairperson, EuroBelarus, Belarus

Ulad Vialichka is an experienced NGO manager, trainer, facilitator, evaluator and consultant. His main areas of activities are: civil society development, organizational development and capacity building of NGOs, project and program monitoring and evaluation, donor policy in Belarus, international cooperation and partnership, Belarusian-European relations, civic and adult education. In 2009 Ulad Vialichka was elected as the Chairperson of International Consortium EUROBELARUS. He also is  one of the leaders of Belarusian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum.



 

ANDREW WILSON, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, UK

Andrew Wilson is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he was a Reader in Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He has published widely on the politics and culture of the European neighbourhood, particularly on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and on the comparative politics of democratisation in the post-Soviet states, especially its corruption by the so-called ‘political technology’.

 

KARLA WURSTEROVA, Executive Director, Visegrad Fund, Slovakia

Karla Wursterova is an Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund. From 2010 to 2012 Ms Wursterova served as  Director of the Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Prior to that, she was a Second Secretary at the Slovak Embassy in Czech Republic (2005–2009) and a Deputy Director in the Office of the State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic (2003–2005).



 

RICHARD YOUNGS, Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe, Belgium

Richard Youngs is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. He is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union. He has published widely on the Middle East, the European neighbourhood, the current EU crisis, and energy security. Mr. Youngs is also a professor of international relations at Warwick University. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was director of the Madrid-and Brussels-based think tank FRIDE. He also held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013. His seventh book, The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis: European Foreign Policy Faces the Future, is due to be published in early 2014. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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